2011 Chevrolet
Corvette Z06
vs. 2011 Mazda
Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

9.8

starting from

$75,325

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Quite powerful
505 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Great cornering ability
1.07 g
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Blazingly fast top speed
190 mph
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)

8.6

starting from

$30,445
"Grand Touring models come with a six-speed manual transmission."
edmunds.com | talking about the Miata MX-5's transmission
"Grand Touring includes seven-speaker Bose audio system."
edmunds.com | talking about the Miata MX-5's stereo

Reasons to buy the Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)

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Very inexpensive
$30,445
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Average highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Premium radio
Standard
Road Tests 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Winner: Corvette Z06
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  • The Corvette Z06 can change direction more than 20% faster, 1.07 g vs 0.86 g
  • The Corvette Z06 can go more than 40% faster than the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top), 190 mph vs 134 mph
  • More than 20% faster in the 1/4 mile, 12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph vs 15.4 s s @ 91.0 mph mph
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Winner: Corvette Z06
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Winner: Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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  • The best price we've seen is $44,880 cheaper (2.5x less), $30,445 vs $75,325
  • Gets 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 15 mpg
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Limited number of airbags
Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have power outlets
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
  • Few seats
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.8 vs 8.6

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Mazda
Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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0-60 mph 4.3 seconds vs 7.0 seconds The Corvette Z06 can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs 122 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph vs 15.4 s s @ 91.0 mph mph The Corvette Z06's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)'s is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 1.07 g vs 0.86 g The Corvette Z06 has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) is below average
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Top speed 190 mph vs 134 mph The Corvette Z06 can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) is pretty bad

Luxury Features

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Corvette Z06
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2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Mazda
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Corvette Z06's power seats; not available on the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

Chevrolet
Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Mazda
Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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MSRP $75,325 vs $30,445 The Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) has a great price and the Corvette Z06 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 21 mpg The Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) has great city mileage and the Corvette Z06 is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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Corvette Z06
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Corvette Z06
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 3 vs 3 Limited number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Performance

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Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Mazda
Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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Horsepower 505 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 158 HP @ 6,700 RPM The Corvette Z06 is very powerful, but the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)'s automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 6.3 lb/hp vs 16.6 lb/hp The Corvette Z06 is a sporty car, but the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) is sluggish
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 30.8 ft

Practicality

Chevrolet
Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Mazda
Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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Passengers 2 vs 2 Few seats
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Highway driving range 432 miles vs 356 miles The Corvette Z06 has OK highway range, but the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) is very limited
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Cargo space 22.4 ft3 vs 5.3 ft3 The Corvette Z06 has lots of cargo room and the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) is pretty good
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front seats 51.9 ft3 vs 49.1 ft3 The Corvette Z06 has average-sized front seats, while the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) is very cramped
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Corvette Z06 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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Cupholders 2 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Corvette Z06
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)'s satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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